Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries

Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ginny Ack­er­son

The Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir is re­turn­ing to the Springville Art Mu­seum for what has be­come a beloved an­nual Christ­mas event. Spon­sored by the Springville Arts Com­mis­sion, two con­certs will be held on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 14. The first con­cert is at 3:30 and the sec­ond con­cert is at 4:45 in the af­ter­noon. The con­certs are free to the pub­lic, but tick­ets are re­quired. Tick­ets are avail­able at the Springville Mu­seum of Art dur­ing reg­u­lar mu­seum hours start­ing Satur­day, Novem­ber 29, 2014.

The Utah Val­ley Hand­bell Choir was formed in 1993. The choir con­sists of 56 bells, cast in bronze or alu­minum, and each tuned to a sin­gle note. Choir mem­bers vol­un­teer their time, and start­ing in Septem­ber meet for two hours each week to pre­pare for the Christ­mas con­cert sea­son. One of the choir’s pur­poses is to ed­u­cate au­di­ences about hand­bells. The di­rec­tor, Karen Eskew-Wyl­lie, en­cour­ages ques­tions and of­ten in­cludes au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion in their con­certs.

On Jan­uary 18, 2015 in the Mu­seum at 4:30 p.m. the Grad­u­ate Vo­cal Quar­tet, one of the premiere voice en­sem­bles at the Univer­sity of Utah, will per­form. Founded in the fall of 2011, the en­sem­ble is com­prised of four Doc­toral Grad­u­ate Stu­dents in Voice who are ac­com­pa­nied by an ac­com­plished pi­anist. Their reper­toire ranges from Opera to Mu­si­cal Theater, Clas­sic Stan­dards, and even Jazz.

Orig­i­nally from Chicago, mezzo so­prano Gretchen Windt has per­formed through­out the coun­try. She was an Ap­pren­tice Artist with Sara­sota Opera, Utah Sym­phony & Opera, and the Sugar Creek Sym­phony and Song Fes­ti­val in Illi­nois.

Tenor David Sauer has been heard in pro­duc­tions with Utah Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Utah Fes­ti­val Opera, The Salt Lake Sym­phony, U of U Lyric Opera En­sem­ble, Bal­let West and The Utah Cham­ber Orches­tra. David was a Rocky Moun­tain Re­gion fi­nal­ist and Utah Dis­trict win­ner in the 2013-14 MET Au­di­tions. He holds de­grees from Man­hat­tan School of Mu­sic and BYU.

Daniel Tu­u­tau, Bari­tone, is orig­i­nally from Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. He holds BA and MM de­grees from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Santa Bar­bara. He cur­rently stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Utah pur­su­ing a Doc­tor­ate of Mu­si­cal Arts in Vo­cal Per­for­mance.

Jed Moss, as a col­lab­o­ra­tive pi­anist, has per­formed with mu­si­cians from the na­tion’s top orches­tras, in­clud­ing the Los An­ge­les and New York Phil­har­mon­ics. From 1995-2009, Moss was the key­boardist and backup vo­cal­ist for the in­ter­na­tional tour­ing group Air Sup­ply.

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